Nathan Rourke Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nathan Rourke (18) runs away from Dallas Cowboys defenders and throws a touchdown pass during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

There are always fan favorites that emerge throughout the postseason for most teams. And former CFL standout quarterback Nathan Rourke did exactly that for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Unfortunately, his impressive preseason performance did not earn him a spot on the Jaguars 53-man roster.

Rourke played in all three preseason games for the Jaguars as he was competing with veteran quarterback C.J. Beathard for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Trevor Lawrence.

He did all he could to earn a roster spot, completing 23 of 35 passes for 348 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the preseason.

Rourke also passed the eye test, as he was perhaps best known for an unbelievable touchdown pass with a Dallas Cowboys defender draped all over him in the Jaguars’ first preseason game.

Despite his best efforts, Rourke was waived by the Jaguars on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for each team to have their finalized 53-man roster.

Fans took notice of this news and are now hoping that he finds his way onto another team.

Truth be told, Rourke was never going to play even if he made the Jaguars roster unless Trevor Lawrence suffered a significant injury.

While getting cut by the team is obviously not good for him short term, his impressive preseason performance could end up getting him some interest from a team where there is a far clearer chance of actually seeing the field.

[Tom Pelissero]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.